The Last of Us Part 2 And PS4’s Strong 1st/3rd Party Support Are Sony’s Trump Card Against The Scorpio

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TThe Xbox One Scorpio is a much more powerful machine than the PS4 Pro – we know that, the specs make it clear and the numbers don’t lie. But at the end of the day, any machine is as good as the games it packs – it’s not just a philosophical reflection made to make up for a lack of material pizzaz, it’s true in a very real sense. You might have a very capable machine, but unless you have a game specifically designed to probe and mine its resources, those resources don’t matter.

Simply put, the Scorpio will have loads of great games, and most multiplates will definitely look better than on the PS4 or PS4 Pro. Damn, even recent Xbox One games like Gears of War 4 or older ones like Halo 5 will be much better in potentially full native 4K resolution. There is no doubt about it, and that is the way it is. However, in the end, the PS4 Pro’s or even the base PS4’s lack of power is unlikely to hurt Sony as much as you might think, as Sony has an army of talented in-house and third-party developers who are able to create some of the best games on the market. That’s not to say Microsoft doesn’t or lacks talent… but the developer support on the Sony machine is ridiculously incredible at this point.

“The PS4 has seen exclusives (including console exclusives) like Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, Persona 5 and others in the first four months of 2017. “

Look, the power of the PS4 was definitively a factor in its success – anyone who tells you otherwise is dishonest. However, in the end, the PS4 sold as much as it did because of its fantastic lineup of games. People who say exclusives don’t matter are wrong – just look at the vast sales gap between the PS4 (which has some amazing, well-rated, and well-selling exclusives) and the Xbox One to see the difference. . Only Xbox fans can tell the difference – the Xbox 360 had a lot of great exclusives (that also includes some great Japanese games) and it sold very well. The Xbox One doesn’t, and look at how it lags behind its competition in the market. The PS4 has seen exclusives (including console exclusives) before like Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, Persona 5 and others in the first four months of 2017.

Microsoft is once again suffering in this area because of its persistent lack of investment in a first party on its own – it has very few developers who can put bona fide system vendors on this point. Halo, Gears of War, and Forza are all great and are amazing franchises, but there have been a few on Xbox One before. If you haven’t purchased an Xbox for Halo 5, Gears of War 4, Where Forza 6, a potential Halo 6, Gears 5, Where Forza 7 are unlikely to change their mind. Of course, there are some great games coming out for the Xbox One such as Crackdown 3, Cuphead, State of Decay 2 and Sea of ​​Thieves but a look at what will happen to the PS4 in the future, the picture becomes crystal clear.

“Personally, I would love to see them move forward and support their already established franchises, introduce new services and features, but at the same time, I would like them to announce big partnerships with Western and Japanese developers.”

And that’s where Sony’s real trump card against Scorpio lies – its range of compelling exclusives that will serve to neutralize the Scorpio threat. Consider for example, The Last of Us Part 2. The game, which will be Naughty Dog’s most recent, will be the successor to one of the top-rated games of all time and one of Sony’s best-selling. The last of us 2 most likely will be a show in a different way than any game out there. Naughty Dog, much like The Coalition (the developers behind the incredible Gears of War 4) will ensure that they make full use of the power of the Pro, while also ensuring that the base PS4 does not fall behind. It, and other first party demo games like this, such as God of the war, are going to be what will help Sony hold its own against a much more powerful Xbox Scorpio. Plus, there are still a ton of upcoming PS4 1st and 3rd exclusive games (including console exclusives) to come as Detroit: become human, Gran Turismo Sport, Death Stranding, Spider-Man, Shenmue 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake…which could all be released before the end of 2018. That obviously doesn’t take into account any new announcements Sony made during this year’s E3.

Microsoft has promised that this year’s E3 will be all about games for them. Personally, I would love to see them move forward and support their already established franchises, introduce new services and features (this is an area where Microsoft does a really amazing job but we’ll talk about that another day) but at the same time , I would like them to announce big partnerships with Western and Japanese developers (Ladder and Legends of fables could have really made this lineup for 2017 smoother, but unfortunately both were canceled).

“So far only Sony and to some extent Nintendo have enjoyed great games and development support, and it is now Microsoft’s responsibility to ensure that Team Xbox is not left behind. of this E3. “

Scorpio, although being an amazing system, needs unique games in order to be able to sell itself. I welcome another Weaponry of war as well as new entries in the Halo and Forza franchises but the console really needs to do a lot more in the software department if it has any chance of making an impact among gamers… or gamers that are outside of the Xbox community. Microsoft has a fantastic opportunity and the right console to show off the games at E3, so let’s hope they don’t falter. So far only Sony and to some extent Nintendo have enjoyed great games and development support, and it is now Microsoft’s responsibility to ensure that Team Xbox is not left behind. this E3.

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